Marion Couttie of Gartavertane

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Marion Couttie of Gartavertane

Also Known As: "Mariam", "Coutte", "Elizabeth", "Coultie"
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Birthplace: Gartavertane, Mentieth, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
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Daughter of Allan Couttie
Wife of William Alexander, 6th Baron of Menstrie
Mother of William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling, 7th Baron of Menstrie; Janet Alexander; Christian Alexander; 4th daughter Alexander and Thomas Alexander

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About Marion Couttie of Gartavertane

from http://landedfamilies.blogspot.ca/2013/10/80-alexander-of-menstrie-earls-of.html

Thomas Alexander was ‘of Menstrie’ in 1505/6 when he was one of arbiters in a dispute between the abbot of Cambuskenneth and Sir David Bruce. Rogers, in his account of the family, traces a continuous but not entirely convincing descent from this Thomas to William Alexander (d. c.1574), who built Menstrie Castle, and then on to Sir William Alexander (c.1570-1640), 1st bt. and 1st Earl of Stirling, the playwright and poet. This descent is followed below, with the addition of as much supporting evidence as can be found.

He inherited Menstrie from his father in about 1564, and built the present Menstrie Castle. He died before 11 June 1574.

Alexander, William (d. 1574). Eldest son of Alexander Alexander (d. c.1564) and his wife Elizabeth Forbes. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alan Coutts or Couttie and had issue including:

  • (1) Alexander Alexander (d. 158o/81);
  • (2) Archibald Alexander (d. 1621); merchant of Stirling; Dean of Guild of Stirling, 1599; married 1589, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Alexander and had issue one son and one daughter; died 13 September 1621;
  • (3) Andrew Alexander (fl. 1625), married and had issue;
  • (4) Janet Alexander, married John Burne and had issue;
  • (5) Elizabeth Alexander (d. 1622); married Alexander Barclay, notary of Stirling and had issue one son; died March 1622.

from http://landedfamilies.blogspot.ca/2013/10/80-alexander-of-menstrie-earls-of.html

Thomas Alexander was ‘of Menstrie’ in 1505/6 when he was one of arbiters in a dispute between the abbot of Cambuskenneth and Sir David Bruce. Rogers, in his account of the family, traces a continuous but not entirely convincing descent from this Thomas to William Alexander (d. c.1574), who built Menstrie Castle, and then on to Sir William Alexander (c.1570-1640), 1st bt. and 1st Earl of Stirling, the playwright and poet. This descent is followed below, with the addition of as much supporting evidence as can be found.

He inherited Menstrie from his father in about 1564, and built the present Menstrie Castle. He died before 11 June 1574.

Alexander, William (d. 1574). Eldest son of Alexander Alexander (d. c.1564) and his wife Elizabeth Forbes. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alan Coutts or Couttie and had issue including:

  • (1) Alexander Alexander (d. 158o/81);
  • (2) Archibald Alexander (d. 1621); merchant of Stirling; Dean of Guild of Stirling, 1599; married 1589, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Alexander and had issue one son and one daughter; died 13 September 1621;
  • (3) Andrew Alexander (fl. 1625), married and had issue;
  • (4) Janet Alexander, married John Burne and had issue;
  • (5) Elizabeth Alexander (d. 1622); married Alexander Barclay, notary of Stirling and had issue one son; died March 1622.

from http://landedfamilies.blogspot.ca/2013/10/80-alexander-of-menstrie-earls-of.html

Alexander, William (d. 1574). Eldest son of Alexander Alexander (d. c.1564) and his wife Elizabeth Forbes. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alan Coutts or Couttie and had issue including:

  • (1) Alexander Alexander (d. 158o/81);
  • (2) Archibald Alexander (d. 1621); merchant of Stirling; Dean of Guild of Stirling, 1599; married 1589, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Alexander and had issue one son and one daughter; died 13 September 1621;
  • (3) Andrew Alexander (fl. 1625), married and had issue;
  • (4) Janet Alexander, married John Burne and had issue;
  • (5) Elizabeth Alexander (d. 1622); married Alexander Barclay, notary of Stirling and had issue one son; died March 1622.

He inherited Menstrie from his father in about 1564, and built the present Menstrie Castle. He died before 11 June 1574.


Married

  1. about 1566/7 to Alexander (of Menstrie) Alexander (d 10 Feb 1579/80)

3 children

  1. William (1567?-1640), 1st Earl Stirling. Married Janet Erskine.
  2. Janet. Married Walter Cowan, merchant-burgess of Stirling.
  3. Christian. Married Walter Neish of Dubbiehead, Stirling. She died 1608, will dated 15 March 1618.

Notes

  • "Birth records of the parish of Logie, of which Menstrie was part have been lost."

Links

  1. Grosart, Alexander Balloch (1885). "Alexander, William (1567?-1640)". In Leslie Stephen. Dictionary of National Biography. 01. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 275. "Passing over all others, it is now to be stated that William was son of Alexander Alexander—son of William Alexander—of Menstrie, and of Marion, daughter of an Allan Couttie. The marriage of his parents was ‘about 1566 or 1567,’ and as he was the first child (and only son: two daughters later, Janet and Christian), the probabilities are that he was born in 1567, or not later than 1568."
  2. Memorials of the Earl of Sterling and of the house of Alexander. Published 1877 by W. Paterson in Edinburgh . Page 29. "Alexander Alexander by his marrage about year 1567 with Marion daughter of Allan Couttie has a son William and two daughters Janet and Christian. Janet married Walter Cowan merchant-burgess of Stirling. On the 8th of Oct 1590 was baptized Andro Allan Cowan thier son. Another son named Antonie Cowan was baptized on the 20 Sept 1591 (Stirling Baptismal Regster),. Christian, the younger daughtr married Walter Neish of Dubbiehead, Stirling. She died 1608, will dated 15 March 1618. .... "
  3. T.C.Banks "ALEXANDER ALEXANDER of Stirling, Baron of Menstrie, died 1594, married Marion Coultie, daughter of Allen Coultie, and had a son, William, who became the first Earl of Stirling.

2. William Alexander, who was proprie∣tor of the lands of Clow in Perth-shire, and married Janet Marishal,* which appears by two charters under the great seal, to him and Ja∣net Marishal his spouse, of the lands of Clow, with the pertinents, &c. dated anno 1553.


  • The peerage of Scotland: containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom, ... collected from the public records, and ancient chartularies of this nation, ... Illustrated with copper-plates. By Robert Douglas, Esq;. Douglas, Robert, Sir, 1694-1770.
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Marion Couttie of Gartavertane's Timeline

1535
1535
Mentieth, Perthshire, Scotland
1545
1545
Age 10
UK
1567
1567
Age 32
Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
1570
1570
Age 35
Menstrie, , Logie Clackmanshire Sterlings, Scotland
1575
1575
Age 40
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Scotland
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